Zagato Brought Its 356 Carrera Back to Life With Old Pictures

Using advanced 3D rendering tech, Zagato was able to recreate a lost one-off 356.

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Back in the late 1950s, a wealthy client commissioned Zagato to build a lightened, more aerodynamic Porsche 356. The car was completed, but sadly, it was lost forever in a crash shortly after it was delivered.

Fast forward to 2019, and Zagato set out to recreate nine copies of the car to sell to its customers. But since it didn't have the original, the firm had to go back into its archives and dig out concept sketches and photos. Instead of making educated guesses based on pictures, it used advanced 3D rendering technology to recreate the car's dimensions in virtual reality. From there, Zagato was able to make accurate body panels reflective of the original car without having it present to measure or compare.

got together with CEO Andrea Zagato to explain the process, and it's incredibly interesting to learn about. It's cool to see how modern tech can help bring vintage icons back to life, even after being lost to time.

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